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SAIC : Venezuela http://tinyurl.com/bwvj [....] "The core of the national strike has been the shutdown of the state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA). This is having a negative effect on the United States, which imports 15 percent of its oil from Venezuela. The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush opposes Chávez but is "[i]ncreasingly concerned about an oil shortage as a possible war with Iraq approaches," according to the Washington Post, which says the U.S. government "is preparing a major initiative it hopes will lead to a breakthrough in deadlocked talks between the government and opposition there." The initiative includes forming a "Friends of Venezuela" group of nations, apparently in an effort to upstage a similar effort by Brazil's new leftist president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. (WP 1/10/03) Chávez has reportedly discussed the Brazilian plan with Argentine President Eduardo Duhalde, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and Uruguayan President Jorge Batlle. Further discussions are expected January 15, when many Latin American heads of state meet in Quito for the inauguration of Lino Gutiérrez as Ecuadoran president. (Clarín 1/9/03) The Venezuelan government is also receiving support from grassroots and union groups in other countries. As of January 10, about 200 union, student and political leaders were planning to drive from Bogotá to Caracas in a "Caravan of Solidarity with the Government and the People of Venezuela." (Indymedia Colombia 1/10/03) The Uruguayan weekly Brecha reports that PDVSA's computer systems are under the control of a joint venture that includes a U.S.-based multinational with strong ties to the U.S. military and the CIA. Intesa, which handles PDVSA's data processing, is a joint venture set up in 1999 between PDVSA and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), whose $2 billion annual income comes mostly from contracts with U.S. military and intelligence agencies. SAIC's directors and administrators include former defense secretaries William Perry and Melvin Laird; former central intelligence directors John Deutch and Robert Gates; and former National Security Agency (NSA) director Adm. Bobby Ray Inman. (La Hora (Quito) 1/10/03 from Brecha) Good luck. pg ----- Original Message ----- From: "Rohan Pearce" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Sent: Friday, May 16, 2003 6:25 AM Subject: [casi] Reconstruction contracts > Not sure if anyone has written anything lengthy on > this yet (I'm intending to write an article on it > soon, someone please correct me if I'm wrong and stop > me making fool of myself): I understand that Creative > Associates International, one of the recipients of > USAid contracts, did public relations for the > post-coup junta in Haiti. ABT Associates, another > contract recipient, was linked with the ARPA/CIA > social sciences project camelot (and linked to social > modeling of Chile, used to assess the likely impact of > an anti-Allende coup). > > http://mobile.yahoo.com.au - Yahoo! Mobile > - Check & compose your email via SMS on your Telstra or Vodafone mobile. > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk